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Flying Over Southern New Zealand Feels Like a Beautiful Thrill Ride

Thursday 01.22.2015 , Posted by
Toia helicopter tour of NZ

Southern New Zealand is known for its exceedingly beautiful and rugged landscape, and this video from Australia-based director Mark Toia shows it from its best angle – above. The video captures a landscape pushed upward by the slow but powerful force of shifting tectonic plates. From those snowy mountain heights, water flows into perfectly translucent lakes, making its way downhill in a series of precipitous drops. It’s these stomach clenching heights that are captured over and over in this video, highlighting a collection of ‘aerial rushes’ produced as part of a TV commercial project. [Read more…]

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The New Canadian Passport Is a Big Party Under Black Light

Monday 01.19.2015 , Posted by
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The new Canadian passports look completely normal to the uninformed. There’s an information and photo page, along with the typical numbered pages covered with softly shaded Canada inspired imagery. But put the new passports under a UV light and everything changes. [Read more…]

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Landscapes Dominated by the World’s Largest Statues

Wednesday 01.14.2015 , Posted by
Dai Kannon, Sendai, Japan, 330 ft, built in 1991

Around the world, people have built massive statues to symbolize the religious and political icons of their particular region. There are the Buddhas in Japan, Mao Zedong in China and Jesus Christ in Indonesia. Photographer Fabrice Fouillet traveled around the world documenting the largest examples and how they affect the surrounding landscapes. He shares via his artistic statement: [Read more…]

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These 2 Brave Souls Are Hiking From Canada to Mexico In The Snow

Sunday 01.11.2015 , Posted by
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As if hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Canada to Mexico, weren’t challenging enough when the weather is nice, these two crazy cats are raising the bar and doing it in the Winter. Nobody has successfully completed this arduous task, although one couple did attempt it, with a tragic fate, in the 80’s. Shawn “Pepper” Forry and Justin “Trauma” Lichter started their traverse on October 20, 2014 and have already passed Lake Tahoe in northern California, but they still have a long way to go. They have already nearly worn out the metal on their snowshoes and will soon be switching to skis until they are out of the snow. [Read more…]

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Colorful Balloons Were Flying High For Colombia’s 14th Annual Solar Balloon Festival

Thursday 01.08.2015 , Posted by
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What better way to ring in the last day of 2014 and embark on a new year than with arts, culture, and gigantic balloons? In Envidago, Colombia they celebrated their 14th Solar Balloon Festival on December 31st, 2014. The organizers selected a theme of Mexican History and culture and the participants delivered impressive balloons to represent it. Some of the figures that could be seen flying high in the Colombian sky were novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos, a massive Alebrije, a 60ft Quetzalcoatl, a gigantic sea turtle and lizard, and some skulls and La Catrina, and monarch butterflies. [Read more…]

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The Moscow Metro Looks Like An Underground Palace

Wednesday 01.07.2015 , Posted by
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There are many places to explore in Moscow, but one path not to be missed is the metro stations, which are quite glamorous. The Moscow Metro opened in 1935, consisting of thirteen stations on a single line extending 11 kilometers (6.83 miles) long. Since then, the system has grown into the 4th busiest in the world, with over 300 km (186.4 miles) of line and 188 stops. [Read more…]

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Where’s My Office Now? An Inspiring Web Series of Interviews With Nomads

Wednesday 12.03.2014 , Posted by
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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, nomadic couple Emily & Corey, who have been living in their 1987 Vanagon for the past 2 years, have begun working on their web series which will be released in March of 2015. The couple will be interviewing modern nomads who have chosen the van life. These adventurous souls share inspirational stories of how they have come to fully living out their nomadic dreams. [Read more…]

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Take a Guided Tour of the Crowded Airspace Above the UK

Thursday 11.27.2014 , Posted by
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At this time of year nearly everyone is winging off to see their family, and in the UK that means seriously busy airspace. Welcome to a typical day in the UK, where 6,000 flights, from commercial to military and general aviation, share the skies over the country. Air traffic control company NATS has created a beautiful, near immersive, visualization detailing all that traffic. The complex work they do is impressive. [Read more…]

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What Do NYC and Paris Have in Common? This Clever Diptych Video Says “A Lot”

Monday 10.27.2014 , Posted by
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Freelance filmmaker Franck Matellini has created a fantastic new video that cleverly reveals the similarities between Paris and New York City. Using a split-screen diptych, Matellini captures many of the unique things which make these iconic cities charming, while comparing them in a way which shows their commonalities. [Read more…]

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This Drone Flew So Close to a Volcano, The Camera Melted

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Not long ago, getting close-up footage of a volcano’s fiery caldera meant donning a silver heat protective suit and risking your life. Now, it only risks your gear. Drone company DJI recently sent their team to Iceland, along with director of aerial imaging, Eric Cheng. There he flew one of their Phantom 2’s so close to the erupting volcano Bardarbunga that the front of the camera melted. [Read more…]

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